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The Ballymun Educational Support Team (BEST) wishes to develop programmes and to create a climate, which will stimulate the interest and participation of young people between the ages of 4 and 18 years with a view to tackling early school leaving. In doing so, BEST will endeavour to improve school attendance, behaviour and attainment; to promote parental, family and community involvement and to encourage the genuine and continued integration of services. It is aimed to provide and strengthen a series of supportive measures, inside and outside of school, which will maximise participation in the education system.

BEST is affiliated with and funded by Tusla – School Completion Fund (SCP), as part of a national network of SCPs. BEST supports eight junior and senior schools in the Ballymun area with the following services:

  • Targeted intervention to children and young people with significant support needs who have been identified through the SCP intake framework.
  • Highly targeted intervention to Out of School young people and their families with complex needs.
  • Evidence based informed intervention at a universal level to the whole class/whole school group.

BEST SCP are current seeking a Chair for the Board. If you have experience in the area and are committed to play a role in helping young people achieve their studies we’re keen to hear from you.

General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee

  • Comply with the Charity’s governing document
  • Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting in the best interest of the charity
  • Act with Reasonable Care and Skill
  • Manage the assets of your charity

The responsibilities of the Chair are as follows:

  • The Chairperson has a strategic role to play by effectively communicating the vision and purpose of the organisation, to ensure the Board functions well, that there is full participation at meetings.
  • To plan and Chair meetings in accordance with the governing document
  • To liaise with Project Manager and to keep up to date on the affairs of the organisation
  • To bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision making
  • To ensure that decisions made at meetings are implemented
  • To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation
  • To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events if required

Qualities and skills required

  • Good leadership skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness, and the ability to respect confidences
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
  • Good timekeeping
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a governing body

Board Meetings:

There will be nine Board meetings in an academic year, inclusive of AGM. Meetings are normally held in Ballymun. The board are currently meeting online given current circumstances.